A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck off the East Coast early this morning.
The quake hit 710km north-east of Gisborne and measured 33km deep. Nearly 9000 people registered feeling the jolt.
Civil Defence says there’s no tsunami threat to New Zealand, however coastal areas may experience strong and unusual currents.
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The Prime Minister’s office addressed confusion last night after Jacinda Ardern appointed Air Commodore Digby Webb to take over the country’s isolation and quarantine processes.
It’s been revealed the senior Defence Force official had already been heading border controls for some weeks, including when the decision was made to allow two women to leave isolation early.
However, the Prime Minister’s office says Air Commodore Webb’s previous role didn’t include responsibility for any health aspects and he didn’t oversee any previous compassionate exemptions.
Border blunder rumbles on
Meanwhile, 1 NEWS has revealed guests who shared an Auckland hotel with two women who tested positive for Covid-19 this week were transferred to Christchurch in the middle of their isolation.
One of those guests, Cayden Wilson, told 1 NEWS the transfer involved around 100 people mingling from different hotels, with no testing undertaken beforehand.
Multiple people now say they have left isolation without a Covid-19 test.
Stuff is also reporting that a guest from the Novotel Ellerslie hotel where the two virus-carrying women stayed is being moved to quarantine at the Jet Park Hotel after developing symptoms of the disease. New Zealand’s newest Covid-19 case, a man who recently arrived from Pakistan, is also at the Jet Park Hotel.
The handling of this week’s new cases has obviously sent jitters through the public, too. One of Auckland’s drive-through testing facilities says it’s seen quadruple demand over the past few days.
And questions will likely be asked as to how a homeless man managed to bluff his way into a 14-day stay at one of the hotels being used for isolating arrivals.
Stuff reports the man walked straight into the Crowne Plaza hotel without any questions.
1 NEWS exposed major flaws in the isolation procedures at the same hotel last week.
And as Kiwis nervously watch for potential health ramifications from the latest Covid-19 cases, the devastating impact of the virus on the economy has again been highlighted.
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